‘The Syrian conflict is a very big money machine’

Manaf Halbouni, Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni tells me that the price of tomatoes in Syria has increased 80 fold since the start of the conflict: “When I left Syria you used to pay five Syrian pounds for one kilo of tomatoes and at the moment it’s around 400… if you want to buy eggs you pay around 500 Syrian pounds. The prices are insane. I really ask myself how they manage to live. The salaries didn’t get higher just the prices.” Inflation is just one of the tragedies to come out of the war on Syria, along with the constant … Continue reading ‘The Syrian conflict is a very big money machine’

Hariri: We are Committed to Revolution’s Principles & Serious About Establishing a Transitional Governing Body Without Assad

Head of the delegation of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) Nasr al-Hariri stressed that the forces representing the revolution have united themselves and can now begin direct negotiations with the Assad regime in order to launch political talks on the basis of UN resolutions. Hariri told a news conference in Riyadh Friday that the opposition was going to Geneva to hold direct talks and was ready to discuss “everything on the negotiating table.” Hariri reaffirmed the opposition’s commitment to the fundamental principles of the Syrian revolution and said they were serious about establishing a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) without … Continue reading Hariri: We are Committed to Revolution’s Principles & Serious About Establishing a Transitional Governing Body Without Assad

Riyadh 2: No Place for Assad & His Clique at Start of Transitional Period

Participants in the second expanded meeting of the Syrian opposition in the Saudi capital Riyadh stressed that there should be no place for Bashar al-Assad and his clique at the start of the transitional period in Syria. The second day of the meeting saw the adoption of a final communiqué, in which participants reaffirmed commitment to the positions and stances of the revolution and opposition forces which were outlined by the enormous sacrifices made by the Syrian people and as was stipulated in the Geneva Communique of 2012 regarding the establishment of a transitional governing body that is capable of … Continue reading Riyadh 2: No Place for Assad & His Clique at Start of Transitional Period

Coalition Official: We Support Arab League’s Decisions to Deter Iran

An official of the Syrian Coalition called on the Arab countries to form an alliance to put an end to the “terrorism Iran is practicing” in the region, urging the League to take “all necessary measures” through the UN Security Council to “curb Iran’s interference.” “We encourage the formation of an Arab alliance that would form the nucleus of an international coalition aimed at confronting Iran’s plans and terror,” Ahmad Ramadan, Head of the Syrian Coalition’s Media Department, told Anadolu news agency on Monday. “We should prevent Iran from exploiting the intra-Arab differences,” Ramadan stressed. In a statement after an … Continue reading Coalition Official: We Support Arab League’s Decisions to Deter Iran

SIG Ministers Discuss Ways to Develop Service Institutions in Liberated Areas

Ministers of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) visited services institutions in the liberated areas and discussed ways to develop their work and improve the services provided to the civilian population. The field visits came as part of a plan put forward by SIG’s Head Jawad Abu Hatab who pledged that his government would focus on ascertain the living conditions of civilians in the liberated areas and find ways to solve the problems facing them as well as to follow up on the work of services institutions and improve their performance. Minister of Agriculture Jamal Kalash visited the Free Directorate of … Continue reading SIG Ministers Discuss Ways to Develop Service Institutions in Liberated Areas

Syrian Coalition: Int’l Community is Obliged to Condemn Assad Regime & Russia’s Attacks on Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian Coalition emphasized that the fierce attacks being carried out by regime forces and their allies on the Damascus suburbs and rural Aleppo are clearly aimed at undermining all chances for a political solution by violating all agreements in place and insisting on carrying on with murder and crimes. Over the past few days, dozens of civilians have been killed and wounded in rocket shelling and airstrikes by the Assad regime using cluster bombs on towns and villages of besieged eastern Ghouta as well as in Russian airstrikes on a public market in the town of Atareb in rural … Continue reading Syrian Coalition: Int’l Community is Obliged to Condemn Assad Regime & Russia’s Attacks on Eastern Ghouta

Syrian Coalition: Russia Continues to Sabotage Political Process as it Continues Bombing Campaign

Atarib media center said that at least 160 people were killed and injured in the Russian airstrikes that hit the town on Monday. It said that the wounded were taken to field hospitals in Aleppo and Idlib provinces, noting that those with serious injuries were transferred to Turkey for treatment. The Syrian Coalition strongly condemned the “brutal crime which was committed by aircraft of the Russian occupation forces in the town of Atareb.” It noted that Russia continues to wriggle out of its commitments and obligations towards the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement. “Instead of changing its positions and exerting pressure on … Continue reading Syrian Coalition: Russia Continues to Sabotage Political Process as it Continues Bombing Campaign